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The story behind spectacular fireworks

CPCSD's Summer Spectacular returns this month. File photo

The production of fireworks have come a long ways since the Chinese invented the fireworks. According to the Smithsonian, as early as 200 B.C. the Chinese were writing on green bamboo stalks and heating them on coals to dry. If they were left too long over the heat, the wood expanded and burst with a […]

1 Comment / June 11, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Bright ideas inspire upcoming Mondavi season

The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by its charismatic 35-year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, will perform Nov. 2. Courtesy photo

Rob Tocalino Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Davis has lined up talent for their upcoming season that has filled their 2016-17 calendar with the leading artists in music, dance and theater. The season also includes a series of compelling speakers. The […]

Comments Off / June 09, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Barbara Steffen has found her fiery passion

Artist Barbara Steffen uses a torch to melt glass into a beautiful bead. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Cameron Park, “Fire Spirit Beads” owner Barbara Steffen, a talented artist as well as a devoted mother and grandmother, creates hand-made beads and enamel copper components for jewelry designers to use in their pieces. After more than 25 years of working in the Bay Area as a contracts […]

1 Comment / June 06, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Entertainment | Read More »

Take the family to Placerville for the El Dorado County Fair

The El Dorado County Fair gates open Thursday afternoon for four days of family-friendly entertainment. Don’t miss this once-a-year chance to take a seat on a thrilling carnival ride, chow down on some festive fair food or dance the night away to the tunes of our region’s best rock and country bands. Village Life file photo by Krysten Kellum

It’s that time of year again when the days are longer, the temperature rises and El Dorado County residents look forward to an annual tradition that brings together old and young alike. That’s right! The El Dorado County Fair is right around the corner and fair officials say this year’s event is sure to have […]

Comments Off / June 06, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Grow for it! Should I avoid parasitoids?

Mary Tran UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County No, but the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug definitely should. You already know from the last update that the BMSB is an invasive pest that arrived from Asia in the 1990s. It is a problem because it eats (actually, it sucks out the juices of) many kinds […]

Comments Off / June 06, 2016 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Choral society holding auditions

Do you want to sing? The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and music director Donald Kendrick are currently holding membership auditions for the 2016-17 concert season. If you are an experienced choral singer with good music reading skills call the SCSO at (916) 536-9065 or e-mail the SCSO at [email protected] The chorus rehearses September through […]

Comments Off / June 05, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Capital Stage presents the Sacramento premiere of ‘The Totalitarians’

Capital Stage completes its 2015-16 season with the Sacramento premiere of “The Totalitarians” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Capital Stage co-founder Peter Mohrmann. This “riotous political comedy” — Bay Area Reporter, takes the audience on the campaign trail with retired roller derby star turned candidate for lieutenant governor Penelope Easter. It is a dark […]

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